Reopening Guidelines


Updated 1/28/2021
In accordance with CDC and CDPH guidance and State/Cal-OSHA guidelines this list has been established to ensure student, parent, and staff safety upon the reopening of the school. While this list is not all inclusive, it serves our greater school community by outlining what steps we have taken to provide a safe learning environment. As we move forward these guidelines may adjust to best meet the needs of the school population.


Cleaning and Disinfection

All frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day by both custodial and support staff.

Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected each night.

Hand sanitizer units have been placed in all classrooms and hallways.

All cleaning products are approved for use against COVID-19 and found on the Environmental Protections Agency (EPA) – approved list “N”.

We have suspended use of drinking fountains, and encourage the use of reusable water bottles.

Central air filtration for HVAC systems to MERV13.



Classroom stable groups and grade level cohorts are limited in number to meet social distancing requirements.

Student grade cohorts will remain together throughout the day and will not co-mingle with other cohorts.

Cohorts will have multiple opportunities throughout the day for “outdoor” instruction in our open-air tents.

Cohorts/stable groups will have separate times for breaks, recess, lunch, and each area will be sanitized after use.



We will continue to have staggered start and pickup times. Pick up areas will be staggered to accommodate social distancing.

We will have multiple, monitored entry points for students.

Students will have their temperature checked each morning at drop off. Students with temperature of 100.4 or greater will be sent home.

Elementary students will be escorted to their classroom by staff, minimizing parent interaction on campus.

Non student/staff visitors will be kept to a minimum, must be masked, and follow social distancing, in addition to temperature checked prior to entering the building

Movement in hallways during the school day will be limited to one cohort at a time to safely distance students.



Face coverings are required for all students unless exempted.

All staff must use face coverings in accordance with CDPH guidelines. In limited situations where a face covering cannot be used for pedagogical or developmental reasons, (i.e. communicating or assisting young children or those with special needs) a face shield can be used instead of a cloth face covering while in the classroom as long as the wearer maintains physical distance from others, to the extent practicable. Staff must return to wearing a face covering outside of the classroom.

Teacher desks have sneeze guards.

All students are issued a clear, three sided, desk partition/sneeze guard screen.


Health Screening for Students and Staff

Daily health screenings for all students and staff will take place each morning prior to school beginning including temperature checks with non-touch thermometers.

Staff and students are to remain at home if they are not feeling well.

Health monitoring will be done throughout the day,


Healthy Hygiene Practices

Teachers will teach and reinforce washing hands at scheduled times throughout the day.

Students and staff will be frequently reminded not to touch their face coverings and to wash their hand frequently.

Information will be provided to staff, parents and students on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

Staff will clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces throughout the day.

Students will be reminded to avoid contact with eyes, nose, and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Playground surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between uses.

Each child will use their own art supplies, pencils, crayons, etc. All supplies will be kept in individually labeled containers, minimizing sharing of materials.


Identification and Tracing of Contacts

CCS has a plan, with personnel in place, to document/track incidents of possible exposure and notify the local health officials, staff and families immediately of any exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 at school while maintaining confidentiality, as required under FERPA and state law related to privacy of educational records.

We will follow all State/Cal-OSHA and CDPH guidelines identifying staff or students with symptoms, is a contact of someone infected, or is diagnosed with COVID-19 (COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 202-2021 School Year)


Physical Distancing

Student desks are set with 6 ft distance, facing the same direction avoiding face to face contact.

All students are issued a clear, three sided, desk partition.

Physical distancing is measured and identified throughout the buildings with signage for spacing.

All indoor and outdoor learning environments allow for physical distancing.


Staff Training and Family Education

Virtual and on-site training (socially distanced) for teachers and staff; specific to enhanced sanitation practices, distancing guidelines and requirements, use of face coverings, screening practices and COVID-19 specific symptom identification.

Text and email reminders to parents concerning specific COVID-19 and school procedures.

Regular updates to parents and staff regarding COVID education.


Testing of Students and Staff

Staff, students and their families should stay home if they have COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting test results or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case. The CDC defines “exposure” to have occurred when an individual is in close contact (less than 6-feet apart for at least 15 minutes) to another individual who has COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19. All individuals that are exposed to COVID-19, should stay home and self-quarantine for at least 14 days from the time of exposure.

Daily health checks for symptoms will be required before coming to school. All students and staff to stay home if they have a fever (temperature over 100.4 F) or flu-like symptoms.

Teachers and staff will also submit to periodic COVID testing as testing capacity permits and as practicable. Both symptomatic and response testing are used as needed. Asymptomatic testing is recommended as outlined below.


What we do if we have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 at school: 


COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Send home if at school 
  • Recommend testing
    • If negative test– may return to school after 24 hours have passed without fever and symptoms have started improving
    • If positive test – Exclude from school for 10 days from symptom onset date, or if asymptomatic, for 10 days from specimen collection date


Close contact with confirmed COVID-19:

  • Send home if at school
  • Exclude from school for 10 days from last exposure, per CDPH quarantine recommendations.
  • Recommend testing 5-7 days from last exposure (but will not shorten 10-day exclusion if negative).


Confirmed COVID-19 case infection

  • School notifies Local Health Dept
  • Exclude from school for 10 days from symptom onset date or, if asymptomatic, for 10 days from specimen collection date
  • Recommend testing asymptomatic contacts 5-7 days from last exposure and immediate testing of symptomatic contacts


Triggers for Switching to Distance Learning

CCS will automatically switch to distance learning should a cohort be placed in quarantine to ensure continuity of learning.


Communication Plans

CCS will continue to monitor all CDPH guideline and keep parents, students and staff updated on a regular basis to ensure best practices are in place for the safety and security of our families, school and greater community.

CCS utilizes text, social media, emails, alerts and any means necessary to inform our constituents.

Regular updates will be consistently communicated to students, staff and parents.